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World's Toughest Race challenge hosted by Bear Grylls to debut on Amazon Prime

The 10-episode season features 66 teams from 30 countries racing for 11 days and across more than 600 kilometres in Fiji.

World's Toughest Race challenge hosted by Bear Grylls to debut on Amazon Prime

In this image released by Amazon, racers compete in the 2019 Eco-Challenge adventure race in Fiji. The competition’s new 10-episode season, hosted by Bear Grylls and with 66 teams from 30 countries, will debut Aug 14 on Amazon Prime Video. (Photo: Corey Rich/Amazon via AP)

Bear Grylls said he was brought to tears by the determination of competitors on World's Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji as they raced through jungles and over mountains to the point of exhaustion and pain.

The series' new 10-episode season, hosted by Grylls and with 66 teams from 30 countries, will debut Aug 14 on Amazon Prime Video, it was announced Wednesday (Jun 24). The episodes were taped last fall, before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

This image released by Amazon shows a scene from the 2019 Eco-Challenge adventure race in Fiji. (Photo: Bligh Gillies/Amazon via AP)

The nonstop race with 330 competitors was held for 11 days and across more than 600 kilometres. It was difficult to see racers drop out after spending so much time and energy in preparation, Grylls said.

"But at the same time, those that endured, whether or not they won, it wasn't really about the winning," he said. "This is an expedition with a stopwatch, is how I always kind of see this, and just to complete it is a huge achievement." 

"I unashamedly wept at times, seeing the effort and what it meant to these people," said Grylls, an adventurer who starred in the survival series Man Vs Wild.

Grylls noted the field's diversity, including the first fully African American team competing internationally. Another American squad includes Mark Macy, a past Eco-Challenge competitor who has since been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and his son, Travis. 

"That was a very emotional journey for them to race together, for the son to want to be alongside his dad," Grylls said.

(Source: CNA/AP)

Source: CNA/ap

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